A long, slender marine fish with sharp teeth and a dorsal fin running the length of the back.
Family Trichiuridae: several species, including the Atlantic Trichiurus lepturus (also called snakefish), an important food fish in the tropics‘The scabbard fish, variety of the cutlassfish, is the most highly regarded of the cutlassfish family.’
- ‘Atlantic cutlassfish, or ribbonfish as they're more often called in Texas, have no scales.’
- ‘Oh, and I caught a bunch of cutlassfish in the lagoon of Puerto Maya on my fly rod.’
- ‘Sometimes, during periods of heavy fishing pressure when dozens of boats are slow-trolling live menhaden, anglers trolling dead cutlassfish do exceptionally well since the trolled offerings stand out.’
- ‘The cutlassfishes are characterized by a scaleless, band-shaped body tapering to a slim pointed tail, with one dorsal fin extending the whole length of the body; the anal is also long but is very low.’
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